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Canada by Rupert O. Matthews
0862834465 / 9780862834463; If you've ever considered going to Canada, this book will convince you. The photography is excellent and the text at the beginning provides basic historic information about Canada. The land and the surrounding seas are more than just spectacular; they are the nation's raison d'etre. The bountiful waters of the Grand Banks first drew fishermen of Europe, the creatures of the forest provided materials for a thriving fur trade, and the rich soils of the prairies produce a large proportion of the world's wheat. But beyond that, Canada is a significant exporter of diamonds (not in the book). Profits are shared with the local Native Indian tribes, and they work in winter as well, pulling diamonds from the depths of a frozen lake. Native Indian tribes survive in Canada, and there are some beautiful photographs of them and their works. The binding is deep blue, and has photographs on the inside covers as well. The binding has minor wear at the corners and one small bump at the top. The jacket has minor wear to one corner and a small closed horizontal tear at the spine, repaired. Unpaginated, approximately 90 pages, most of them full-color photographs. Identification of photos shows up about every third page, so they can describe the previous two, present two, and next two pages using as little white space as possible. A joy to read and page through! 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Coombe Books. Surrey, England, 1991, First Reprint Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine, Very Good Condition. Photographs; 001406;  Price: 15.28 USD 

 


 

The Ransom - Cross and the Tomahawk Series Vol. 2 by Mark Ammerman 
0889651353 / 9780889651357; Kattenanit is a young brave who struggles between the law of his fathers and the law of his God. Taking a human scalp is the only way he can earn a wife; yet the words of the Great Book haunt him: "You Shall Not Kill!" He grows weary of God—until the mission of Jesus Christ is made clear by the ransom of blood, unselfishly paid by a fellow Narragansett brave. Some cried War! and spilled the blood of man upon the soil. Some preached Peace, and begged the blood of God upon the soul. "Most of the people you will meet in these pages are real people whose stories were first told in the journals, diaries, pamphlets, books, and town records of the 17th century New England colonists The culture of the New England Indian and the New England colonist is widely documented - I have tried very hard to walk in the moccasins of the one and the shoes of the other, thinking their thoughts and speaking their hearts. I found that my own conception of both the Indian and the Puritan had been skewed by Hollywood and Hawthorne, and that the actual record tells us a tale far more complicated and fascinating. Through a dark glass we can still see it." Mark Ammerman 392 pages including bibliography, glossary of terms, and historical notes. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Horizon Books. Camp Hill, PA, U.S.A., 1997, Trade Paperback. New Book. No Jacket; Book. 000783;  Price: 8.98 USD 


 

Longshot - Cross and the Tomahawk Series Vol. 3 by Mark Ammerman 
0889651655 / 9780889651654; Our tale begins in the middle of the eighteenth century, a decade after the Great Awakening has swept like holy fire throughout the colonies from Massachusetts to Georgia. The divine flame of revival has burned brightly even upon the lands of Canonicus, Miantonomi and Katanaquat, irrevocably and eternally marking an ancient people with the brand of a holy God. But some still have not bowed the knee to the Love that tirelessly pursues them. But no man can run forever, and God never sleeps. Three men. Eight months. Fifteen hundred miles. A dauntless journey from the darkness to the light. "With the loss of the open forest - that great, green and once-boundless world that had called the Indian from his bed each morning since his forefathers first walked eastward to the sea - the New England Indian was a man without a soul. His bowstring grew limp, his arrows lay bent and broken in the browning ferns of the autumn of his race, and his tomahawk (long-since made of English steel) rusted in its scabbard. But he was a man. And the spirit of a man will not lie dormant forever, no matter how many seasons of darkness and despair have laid it low. Somehow he will rise again to run the old and shadowed paths of his forebears. But one Other runs the path as well, tirelessly pursuing. No man can run forever, and God never sleeps." Mark Ammerman 301 pages, including historical notes and a bibliography. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Horizon Books. Camp Hill, PA, U.S.A., 2000, Trade Paperback. New Book.  No Jacket; Ammerman, Mark; 000782;  Price: 8.98 USD  5.98 


 

The Key to the Indian - SIGNED By James Watling, Lynne Reid Banks
0380977176 / 9780380977178; SIGNED by the author - From the author of The Indian in the Cupboard comes this fourth sequel. With history, mystery, humor, adventure, and all the surprising twists readers expect of its master storyteller, The Key to the Indian may be the most exciting and poignant of the five-volume series so far. Readers are sure to be absorbed to the last word of its astonishing final pages. He felt a draft of cold air. Instinctively he put his arms around his body. Then he looked down at himself and got a shock. He was naked...His first instinct was to hid. he scrambled over the earth floor of the longhouse and ducked under the curtain. Beyond was deeper darkness, but he could make out a sort of room with a raised section against the wall. On this was a mountain range covered with fur, in the shape of a sleeping giant. Omri stared all around, feeling the beginnings of panic. "Dad!" he whispered as loudly as he dared...  There was no answer. Omri felt intensely vulnerable with no clothe s on. Cold air embraced his skin from head to foot. He felt a sudden longing to go home. He hadn't reckoned on this--being separated from his dad, it being so dark and cold, so strange, so lonely. Black & White illustrations with decorated end papers. Avon Camelot Books. Scranton, PA, U.S.A., 1998, First Edition. Hardcover.  Fine Condition. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall; Watling, James; Signed by Author(s) 003746;  Price: 22.40 USD

 


 

Cardigan by Robert W. Chambers
This book is about some happenings during the revolutionary war in Broadalbin. The protagonist is the ward of Sir William Johnson. He is sent to stop an Indian war planned by Walter Buttler who wants to turn the Indians against the rebels. 513 pages, cloth-bound. The corners and spine-ends are lightly worn. The first 6 pages after the title page have a small tear at the top. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. A. L. Burt Company. New York, 1901, Hardcover. Very Good Condition. No Jacket; 003047;  Price: 12.90

 

 


 

The Eagle Catcher (Signed) by Margaret Coel
0870813676 / 9780870813672; SIGNED by the author. On the windswept plains of Wyoming's Wind River Reservation, Arapahos have gathered for the Ethete powwow, a time to reaffirm the balance and harmony in life. But balance and harmony quickly gives way to fear and confusion when respected tribal chairman Harvey Castle is found murdered at the powwow camp, and the evidence points to the chairman's nephew. Father John O'Malley, S.J., pastor of St. Francis Mission, and Vicky Holden, Arapaho attorney, do not believe that Anthony Castle - one of the most promising young people on the reservation - is capable of murder. Together they set out to find the real criminal in this mystery and clear Anthony's name. Bound in green cloth with a personal autograph on the title page. Laid in are a postcard and bookmark made to advertise this book. Jacket is in a protective cover. University Press Of Colorado. Niwot, Colorado, 1995, Hardcover. As New Book. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall; Signed by Author 003524;  Price: 27.05 USD


 

Portraits from Life by David Collier
1896597351 / 9781896597355; In this new book, David Collier presents a series of fascinating comic strip biographies, from "Grey Owl," about an enigmatic British man who fooled everyone into thinking he was a North American Indian, to the final story, about a man wrongfully accused of a brutal rape and murder. Quirky and comprehensive, this is Collier at his best." The full-color cover is in cartoon-style, and inside the front and back covers is an additional cartoon by Paul Arthur in full color. Unpaginated. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Drawn & Quarterly Pubns. Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 2001, First Edition. Soft cover. New Book. No Jacket; Book.  001835;  Price: 9.95 USD

 


 

The Last of the Mohicans: A Narrative of 1757 by James Fenimore Cooper
The wild rush of action in this classic frontier adventure story has made The Last of the Mohicans the most popular of James Fenimore Cooper’s Leatherstocking Tales. Deep in the forests of upper New York State, the brave woodsman Hawkeye (Natty Bumppo) and his loyal Mohican friends Chingachgook and Uncas become embroiled in the bloody battles of the French and Indian War. The abduction of the beautiful Munro sisters by hostile savages, the treachery of the renegade brave Magua, the ambush of innocent settlers, and the thrilling events that lead to the final tragic confrontation between rival war parties create an unforgettable, spine-tingling picture of life on the frontier. And as the idyllic wilderness gives way to the forces of civilization, the novel presents a moving portrayal of a vanishing race and the end of its way of life in the great American forests. From Everyman's Library. A narrative of the Mohicans, other Indian tribes, and the clashes among them. The binding is very nice, with very slight wear at the spine top, a vertical line about 2" on the spine near the bottom, and a spot on the back. The pages and spine are tight. Lettering and design on the spine are done in gilt, still bright. 396 pages, no marks or tears. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. J. M. Dent & Sons. London, England, 1930,  Hard Bound, Cloth. Condition: Very Good. No Jacket; 000873;  Price: 18.95 USD


 

The Days of Ofelia by Gertrude Diamant
This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature in affordable, high quality, modern editions that are true to the original work. Beautiful illustrations on inside front & back covers, excellent condition. Prior owners's stamp on title page. Reprinted review by Book of the Month Club attached to front pages. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.  Houghton Mifflin Company 1942, Hardcover.  Condition: Fine. N-04001;  Price: 14.36 USD  

 


 

Chikeeta and the Pukwudjis by Mabel Veatch Hoadley
The American Indian lives in a world peopled by good and evil spirits. The moon, the stars, the winds, the rain, and the seasons are all living in his imagination. These are the natural phenomena that govern his way of life and make his religion manifest in his daily pursuits. Among Some Indian tribes are elfin people known as Puk-Wudjis. In this charming story for boys and girls these tiny creatures help a little Indian girl through her troubles. Their puckish tricks and kindly ways will endear them to young readers as the more familiar leprechauns, brownies, and gnomes of the white man's legends. There is a repaired 1/4" tear on the front of the dust jacket. The jacket is in a protective cover. The frontispiece is Chikeeta, in full color; the remainder of the illustrations are detailed in black & white. The binding is orange with black lettering, with a Puk-Wudji riding a grasshopper on the front. Caxton Publishers Ltd. Caxton, ID, 1950, First Edition. Hardcover. As New. Fine; Book. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall; Holcomb, Robert; 003893;  Price: 24.08 USD  


 

Sing for a Gentle Rain by Alison J. James 
0689315619 / 9780689315619; A boy's search for an explanation to a persistent dream leads him to a Anasazi cliff village, 700 years ago, where a lovely young Indian girl needs his help to ensure the survival of her people. 211 pages, no marks or tears. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Atheneum. New York, NY, U.S.A., 1990, 2nd Printing. Hard Bound, Cloth. Condition: Fine; 000862;  Price: 13.07 USD  

 


 

Mr. Jefferson's Lost Cause: Land, Farmers, Slavery, and LA Purchase by Roger Kennedy
0195153472 / 9780195153477; Thomas Jefferson advocated a republic of small farmers - free and independent yeomen. Yet as president he presided over a massive expansion of the slaveholding plantation system - particularly with the Louisiana Purchase - squeezing the yeomanry to the fringes and to less desirable farmland. Now Roger G. Kennedy conducts and eye-opening examination of that gap between Jefferson's stated aspirations and what actually happened. The author focuses on the character, ideas, and ambitions of Thomas Jefferson to show how he and other Southerners struggled with the moral dilemmas presented by the presence of Indian farms on the land they coveted, by enslavement of their workforce, by the betrayal of their stated hopes, and by the manifest damage being done to the earth itself. The pressures upon him, both psychological and economic, are detailed, as are the occasions on which decisions were made determining the future course of American history and the health of the land. Jefferson emerges as a tragic figure in a tragic period. 350 pages with notes, bibliography, and an extensive index. Eight glossy pages of photographs and maps. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.  Oxford Univ Press. Cary, North Carolina, U.S.A., 2003, First Edition. Hardcover. New Book. Photographs; 002598;  Price: 21.50 USD  


 

An Expedition to the Ranquel Indians by Lucio V. Mansilla; McCaffrey, Mark (translated by) 
0292752032 / 9780292752030; The encounter between Native American peoples and Europeans and their descendants has marked the history of every nation in the Americas, both North and South. Lucio Mansilla's Una Excursion a los Indios Ranqueles, published in Argentina in 1870, is one of very few works in American letters that presents a vivid, firsthand account of a noncombative encounter between Native American and European civilizations. This volume is the first English translation of Mansilla's classic work. Long noted for its humor, adventurousness, and narrative ingenuity, the book offers penetrating insights into fundamental issues of "civilization and barbarism," immigration, ethnic and racial diversity, and land ownership and tenancy. Mansilla alone among his contemporaries espoused open dialogue as the best approach to the "Indian problem." Although the peace accord he sought to enact with the Ranquels was summarily disregarded by the Argentine government, which slowly gravitated toward a policy of ethnic cleansing and expropriation of Indian lands, this book does narrate a rehearsal for reconciliation that in the end never took place. 418 pages including a glossary, notes, bibliography, and an index. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.  Univ of Texas Press. Austin, Texas, U.S.A., 1997, First Publishers Edition. Soft cover. New Book.  No Jacket;  002873;  Price: 20.12 USD


 

The Better Man  by Anita Nair
0312253761 / 9780312253769; Library Journal said of this book: "This imaginative debut will delight with its remarkable grace, unforced humor, and elegantly descriptive prose." Middle-aged bachelor Mukundan returns to his native Indian village and is haunted by the past. Determined to conquer old ghosts, Mukundan decides to restore his childhood home and hires One-Screw-Loose Bhasi, an outcast painter, to oversee the renovations. A practitioner of a unique style of healing, Bhasi sets about mending the house and his troubled friend. But the durability of Mukundan's transformation into a better man is soon threatened in this playful, moving account of the redemptive power of friendship. 362 pages including a glossary. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Picador USA New York, New York, U.S.A., 2001, First Softcover Edition. Soft cover. New Book.  No Jacket,  001641;  Price: 9.36 USD 


 

Indian Life: Transforming an American Myth by William W. Savage, Jr.
0806125136 / 9780806125138; The characterization of the Indian in these writings, which date from 1877 to 1914, is used to show how the dominant whites varied their idea of the Indian to conform to political and economic utility. Savage shows that 'after initial contact, the Indian was a curiousity, then an entertainment. Thereafter he was made noble by whites who required his cooperation and a beast by those secure enough to survive without his help and, beyond that, to take what he had. Then, when his numbers were diminished and he was far removed from the white population, he became again a curiosity and an entertainment.' Savage's introduction is brief but trenchant: It should be read both before and after the selections." - Pacific Historian. This soft cover book, still in publisher's wraps, is generously peppered with illustrations. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Univ of Oklahoma Press Norman, Oklahoma, U.S.A., 1993, Soft cover. New Book  No Jacket; 002060;  Price: 10.36 USD


 

High Plains Tango by Robert James Waller 
0307209946 / 9780307209948; The wild places are where no one is looking anymore. Out there on the high plains, among the Sioux reservations and the silent buttes, among the small towns dying and the people with them, you can hear the wind. And on the back of the wind is the sound of an old accordian - tangos - mingling with the lonely thump of a single cry. To this, to a town called Salamander comes Carlisle McMillan, a traveler and master carpenter seeking a place of quiet amid the grinding roar of progress. He finds two very different, independent women. The women and his carpenter's trade and an old Indian known as Flute Player bring Carlisle a sense of contentment for a while. But his quiet is shattered as bulldozer treads begin to turn and the Yerkes Country War commences. Robert James Waller's fully imagined characters become people we know and care for deeply. This volume is the hauntingly lyrical story of a small town in the middle of nowhere, a town that forever changed, and was forever changed, by one man. 281 pages. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾". Shaye Areheart  New York, 2005, Second Printing Hardcover New Book 02807; Price: 15.80 USD 


 

Quiet Boy by  Lela and Rufus Waktrip 
A Children's Book Club Weekly Reader. This is the story of a Navajo boy growing up without his father but with the guidance of his grandfather and mother. Light wear on the bottom edges and spine ends. Black and white illustration; no marks or tears, pages lightly yellowed at edges. David McKay Company. New York,  1962, First Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine. No Jacket. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall; Smith, Theresa Kalab;  CH-01141;  Price: 9.01 USD  


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